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Sommerdøden (Malin Fors #2)

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Det er den varmeste sommeren noensinne i Östergötland. I skogene rundt Linköping raser voldsomme skogbranner.

Tidlig en morgen blir en fjorten år gammel jente funnet naken og voldtatt i byens største park. Jenta selv husker ingenting, og drapsetterforsker Malin Fors og kollegaen hennes Zeke prøver å nøste de få ledetrådene som finnes.

Samtidig meldes en annen jente forsvun
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Hardcover, 1. Opplag, 480 pages
Published 2009 by Schibsted Forlag AS (first published 2008)
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Arielle Walker
Skim read most of this - it's weirdly poetic, and turns out that's not a good thing. Slips from first to third person constantly, repeats, monotones, muses. The dead speak in chorus (which could have been amazing but wasn't). This, combined with the fact that I hadn't realised this was the second in a series meant I didn't have a clue what was going on.

I still don't exactly know what happened, but whatever is was was narrated like this:

Janne, you're not there, your warm warmth.
I want you both to
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Antonomasia
Nowhere near as annoying as most other books I've given two stars. But between approx pp.150-400 the description that mostly sprang to mind was 'fundamentally unconvincing'. And as for the following denouement and revelations about the killer, that was of the order 'I'm reading the sort of sensationalist trash I've only heard about second hand', and also completely fucking ridiculous. I've sometimes heard people say they weren't fazed or disgusted by a violent fictional scene because it was too ...more
Eva
Missing the half stars used on other pages: it would be 3.5. Thanks to Ancestral's opinion I changed my view of this book. At the beginning, the switching from Ich- to Er-Erzählung was really bothering me as I didn't grasp who was speaking at certain moments. Once you get used to it, you'll (probably) enjoy the book. The plot is well constructed (although nothing new, but on the other hand, what is new in fiction/this world?). The author's style is quite specific: short elliptical sentences that ...more
Vivienne
The second in this series. I do object to publishers trying to claim that a writer is better than another as they all have their strengths. Kallentoft has more in common with Henning Mankell than others cited on the cover.

Again there is a touch of magical realism as the 'voice' of the murdered girl does give her perspective.

The weather is also a character in its own right. 'Midwinter Sacrifice' highlighted the cold, here it is a freak summer heatwave that has the characters' brains melting as th
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Lucy Herondale

I've said it before and I'm going to say it again - Mons Kallentoft is a true artist with words and he really makes an impact on you.

That being said, I was kind of disappointed with this one.

First of all, Malin Fors totally steals the show.

Her inner struggle with herself, her thoughts, feelings, hopes and fears hook you in such a way that there is no space for anything else.

That can be a good thing, but it also sucks.

This is a thriller/mystery, after all, and you're supposed to be invested in
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Livros de Vidro
Reiteramos o que anteriormente dissemos relativamente à escrita do autor. Continuamos a não ser fãs.

Embora neste segundo volume se denote algumas melhorias, ainda não são as suficientes para nos fazerem suspirar e adorar o autor.

Confirmámos a sensação que tínhamos sobre a protagonista, Malin Fors, é fraca. Não transmite segurança, profissionalismo ou brilhantismos. Parece mais uma que anda ali, sem grande destaque, acabamos por simpatizar muito mais com o seu parceiro Zeke ( e o seu destaque n
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Cátia Santos
Apenas após 200 páginas o livro começou a ter algum interesse. Até lá, muita introspeção por parte da personagem principal, mas de uma forma não particularmente cativante.

Além disso, algo que já aconteceu no 1º livro desta série e que ficava particularmente agradecida se não acontecesse nos dois que ainda me faltam ler, irritam-me os pensamentos dos mortos. Estão sempre presentes, ao longo de toda a história, o que, na minha opinião, nos faz sentido nenhum.

Um policial que, durante metade do liv
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Lénia
Mar 28, 2013 Lénia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Enredo: ok. Escrita: chata, densa, mal conseguida. Percebo a ideia: que se leia isto como se víssemos um filme. Mas o autor está a anos-luz de uma escrita cinematográfica. Arrastou a história durante 400 páginas e atou as pontas em 22. O resultado é forçado e artificial.

Já tinha lido o primeiro livro desta série (são quatro). Não vou ler os dois que faltam. A vida é demasiado curta para ler maus livros!!
Heather
Didn't enjoy this as much as the first in the series, will still perservere with the rest, but hope there isn't the annoying victim/'s voice trying to communicate with Malin, irritating in the first book, more so in this. Also don't really understand why a flaking blue painted d**** had to feature so much, do painted ones actually exist?? Unnecessary Mons!!
Teresa
Jan 07, 2013 Teresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-suecia, e2
Às páginas tantas perdi o fio à meada e já não o consegui desenredar…
As frases telegráficas cansaram-me.
Os sonhos, pensamentos e visões de Malin aborreceram-me.
Ainda fui espreitar para o final a ver se me animava, mas nada.
Fiquei pela página cento e cinquenta e fico por aqui com Mons…
Josefine
Jul 23, 2012 Josefine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swedish
Typical crime fiction and generally no better or worse than the average detective novel, but I found the writing really irritating. Characterisation is flat and makes it difficult to care about anyone involved, including the final victim. Will not be reading any more in this series.
Bonnie Brody
May 12, 2014 Bonnie Brody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mons Kallentoft, author of this interesting Swedish police procedural and thriller, has a very existential bent. His characters are self-aware and the protagonist seems to be searching for her center, her true north star.

Malin Fors is a 34 year old police inspector working in Linkoping, Sweden, the city where she grew up. She has a 14 year old daughter named Tove who is her heart's love. She also remains attached to her ex, Janne, though they separated over ten years previously. She wonders oft
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Jan
Jun 19, 2013 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer Death is the second book in the Scandinavian crime series written by Mons Kallentoft. I had not read the first book and didn't have any trouble following the story. I would have liked to have read the first to understand the main characters relationship with her ex-husband, Janne.
Other than that one aspect, the story is good enough to stand on it's own.
It takes place in the small town of Linkoping. It is a very hot summer and there are large forest fires raging making everything hotter. M
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CarolineFromConcord
He's an impressive writer, but I think I liked books 1 and 4 of the Malin Fors series better (this one's 2). I appreciate the suspense, the strong characterizations, the insight that child abuse may cause some children to grow up into truly whacko criminals if they don't off themselves first. But how much child abuse can one stand to read about? And although the author's descriptive powers are great, I did get tired of hearing how hot it was the summer the murders occurred -- every few sentences ...more
Mary
Aug 12, 2013 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mmm-2013

As much as I enjoy Nordic Noir/Scandinavian crime fiction, I am not enjoying Mons Kallentoft's take on it. I did not find anything really "thrilling" about this thriller.

His main character, Malin Fors, seems to always have her head screwed on a little sideways, and half the time she can't seem to keep herself together much less have the brains to solve a crime. This can work if the author can make you care about the protagonist and understand why s/he crawls into a bottle, has demons, etc. But,
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Sonia Cristina
Nov 05, 2015 Sonia Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: português, 2015
Foi mais fácil ler este livro, uma vez que já conhecia a escrita do autor pelo volume anterior. À semelhança de Sangue Vermelho em Campo de Neve, esta foi uma leitura fluida. Desde o início fiquei agarrada à narrativa, devorei cada pedacinho de informação sobre Malin e os agentes de polícia com quem trabalha.

Os crimes cometidos contra miúdas adolescentes eram mesmo horríveis e pensar que Josefin, a primeira adolescente no caso, escapou ao tormento foi um alívio mas ao mesmo tempo, uma agonia só
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Dennis
Oct 04, 2013 Dennis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book attracted me because the author, Mons Kallentoft, is a young Swedish writer in the crime/thriller genre, and one reviewer compared him to Stieg Larsson. The action takes place in a small town in Sweden during an unusual heat wave. In a short span of days, a young girl turns up nearly dead, then two more girls are found dead, and the evidence points to a potential serial killer. The main detective, Malin Fors, gets the case. For one thing, I did not know that it could get that hot in Sw ...more
Liz English
May 11, 2015 Liz English rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Mons Kallentoft, OK this is only the second book but for me he's a very good author. His characters are believable and the storyline in this and the first book are excellent. It all comes together and in between we're given some peeks into Malin Fors life. I have to admit I thought when I read the first book Mons was a woman, because of the excellent characterisation. The book can be a little difficult to read with the 'dead voices', but you soon get used to it. I enjoyed it so much I rea ...more
Minty McBunny
I had the same problem with this book as I had with the previous one, I liked the story, but the writing style was deeply annoying and distracting. I assume some of it is translation but the constant shifts in narrative voice, particularly the invasive, existential voice of the victim really distracts from what, at its heart, is a pretty straightforward police procedural. I'd like to know what happened to Malin to make her the way she is, and I will continue with the series, but it's definitely ...more
Reinaldo Lourenço
Confesso q até meio do livro nao estava a gostar muito, estava até a achar algo monotono. Mas depois a coisa melhora e o ritmo das ultimas 80 paginas compensa tudo o resto :)
Apesar deste livro ser mais complexo e de abordar tematicas interessantes, acho q gostei mais do primeiro livro...
Tb nao gosto mto dos "pensamentos" dos mortos :(
Vale 3.5 mas eu sou generoso :)
Stephen
felt this one was slower to start off with the previous malin fors book but once the story got going was a page turner and using the same dead person dialect in the look, looking forward to number 3 in english now
Catty
May 16, 2016 Catty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
O carte slabă. Nu mi-au plăcut acțiunea, personajele și limbajul. Și nu am găsit nimic care să mă impresioneze în mod deosebit.
Joana
Gostei deste livro, mas não tanto como do primeiro. No entanto, lê-se muito bem, embora siga exactamente na mesma linha que o anterior, sem grandes novidades.
Claudia
Jul 25, 2012 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totalmente rendida a Mons, agora é só esperar pelo 3º livro e tentar n ler já o 4º... Quem está na dúvida, por favor pegue nele e tente parar no final do 1º capítulo, desafio-vos!!!!
Bettie☯
Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Elsa Ramos
Oct 26, 2015 Elsa Ramos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelente! Este Autor não Desilude!
Sarah
Jun 11, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavia-noir
Yeah, ok. Very dark, great oppressive atmosphere... Seems to drag on a bit.
Kerrie
Jan 10, 2017 Kerrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This novel was a little more noir, even grisly, than my normal choice of reading.

Having just survived a hot spell here, I could empathise with the skeleton investigation team which takes on the first case. The victim has amnesia so has no clue as to what has happened to her., and the team really has nothing to work on. Her parents have only just discovered she is missing.

Malin Fors' mind is distracted by the fact that her daughter Tove, approximately the same age as the first victims, has gone o
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Christopher
Continues in much the same vein as. the first. There is a definite writing style that marks these books out from similar in the same genre. An interesting read with some very believable characters. It does seem a little rushed at the end though. Overall a very interesting and enjoyable read.
Marara
Nov 11, 2016 Marara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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After being awarded the Swedish equivalent to the Whitbread Award for his debut novel Pesetas, Mons Kallentoft chose to give his own unique take on the classic Scandinavian crime novel. His success was immediate. The first book in the series about superintendent Malin Fors received unanimous praise from the national critics; it also conquered the bestseller charts and has today sold more than 300, ...more
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“Falar. Já há demasiadas palavras neste mundo. Pouco ou nenhum silêncio.” 4 likes
“Primeiro, não acontece nada, pensa Malin. Depois,nada acontece. Por fim, acontece tudo ao mesmo tempo.” 2 likes
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